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Massive Unexpected Emissions from Melting Permafrost




Massive Unexpected Emissions from Melting Permafrost

The trouble with thaw,
Harvard University, April 12, 2019.


Permafrost Melting
"Forests are falling; roads are collapsing; and, in an ironic twist, the warmer soil is releasing even more greenhouse gases, which could exacerbate the effects of climate change."

Measuring Outgassing
“...scientists rushed to monitor emissions of the two most influential anthropogenic (human-generated) greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane).”

Except N2O
“...”the threat of the third largest (nitrous oxide) has largely been ignored.”

EPA on N2O
“...the agency rates these emissions as "negligible.”

“...nitrous oxide emissions from thawing Alaskan permafrost are about twelve times higher than previously assumed.”

12X Expected Levels
“...In just one month, the plane recorded enough nitrous oxide to fulfill the expected cap for an entire year.”

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First Global Assessment of Status & Rates of Different Zones of Changing Permafrost

Holy Alaska!
UAF researcher Vladimir Romanovsky poses in a place where permafrost has thawed, causing a surface disruption. UAF photo.
UAF researcher Vladimir Romanovsky poses near Fairbanks, Alaska in a place where permafrost has thawed, causing a surface disruption. UAF photo from UAF permafrost research.



The pace at which the world's permafrost soils are warming,
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, January 16, 2018.


Everything Warming
“..all regions with permafrost soils the temperature of the frozen ground at a depth of more than 10 metres rose by an average of 0.3 degrees Celsius between 2007 and 2016 - in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as the high mountain ranges of Europe and Central Asia.”

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All Alaska-North Canadian Infrastructure at “Immediate” Risk


All Alaska-North Canadian Infrastructure at “Immediate” Risk

Study: Degrading permafrost puts Arctic infrastructure at risk by mid-century,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, December 11, 2018.

Holy Alaska!
UAF researcher Vladimir Romanovsky poses in a place where permafrost has thawed, causing a surface disruption. UAF photo.
UAF researcher Vladimir Romanovsky poses near Fairbanks, Alaska in a place where permafrost has thawed, causing a surface disruption. UAF photo


70% in 30 Years
“Seventy percent of the current infrastructure in the Arctic has a high potential to be affected by thawing permafrost in the next 30 years. ”

No Escape
“...meeting the climate change targets of the Paris Agreement will not substantially reduce those projected impacts”

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Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff


More Permafrost Problems

Arctic greening thaws permafrost, boosts runoff,
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory, October 17, 2018.


"...investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north's tundra and vast permafrost system."

"...investigated interactions among shrubs, permafrost, and subsurface areas called taliks. Taliks are unfrozen ground near permafrost caused by a thermal or hydrological anomaly. Some tunnel-like taliks called "through taliks" extend over thick permafrost layers."

Massive Changes to Ancient Ecosystems
"...confirmed that shrubs can lead to significant degradation of the permafrost layer that has remained frozen for tens of thousands of years. These interactions are driving increases in discharges of fresh water into rivers, lakes and oceans."

"If the trend of increasing vegetation across the Arctic continues, we're likely to see a strong increase in permafrost degradation."

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2018: Permafrost Melt Lakes Surges Arctic Methane Release


Permafrost Melt Lakes Surges Arctic Methane Release

Another Greenhouse Effect Trigger-Point: Permafrost Ponds Outgassing MethaneMethane bubbles trapped in the ice on a pond near Fairbanks, Alaska.Image: Credit to Katey Walter Anthony observing, analyizing, and picturing (above) Methane bubbles trapped in ice ponds, the knarly ones pictured above located near Fairbanks, Alaska. Yikes! Another methane bubble image.


Permafrost Melt Lakes Surges Arctic Methane Release

'Abrupt thaw' of permafrost beneath lakes could significantly affect climate change models,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, August 16, 2018.


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How Big is the Carbon Gun We're Triggering? Very Large Indeed


How Big is the Carbon Gun We're Triggering?

Very Large Indeed

Thawing permafrost produces more methane than expected,
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre, March 19, 2018.

"...for the first time, measured and quantified in the laboratory the long-term production of methane in thawing permafrost."

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Eco Crash News: Furthest Northern Arctic Permafrost to Melt


Eco Crash News
Furthest Northern Permafrost to Melt

The Long View is Grim

Far Northern Permafrost May Unleash Carbon Within Decades,
NASA, March 5, 2018.


The Long View

The Big Surprise
It's Not Stable

"Some of the very cold, stable permafrost in the highest latitudes in Alaska and Siberia appeared to be sheltered from extreme climate change, and we didn’t expect much impact over the next couple hundred years."

"Permafrost in the coldest northern Arctic...will thaw enough to become a permanent source of carbon to the atmosphere in this century, with the peak transition occurring in 40 to 60 years, according to a new NASA-led study."

" carbon emissions from this region over the next 300 years or so will be 10 times as much as all human-produced fossil fuel emissions in the single year 2016."



The bottom line is that our current population and production is already collapsing our ecosystems and weather, while we are in the process of dramatically expanding our populations and industrial production around the whole world.



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Eco-Crash News: New Global Warming Problem; A Tidal Wave of Permafrost Mercury


New Global Warming Problem

A Tidal Wave of Permafrost Mercury

Scientists find massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost,
American Geophysical Union, February 5, 2018.

"The study found approximately 793 gigagrams, or more than 15 million gallons, of mercury is frozen in northern permafrost soil. That is roughly 10 times the amount of all human-caused mercury emissions over the last 30 years, based on emissions estimates from 2016."

"...making it the largest known reservoir of mercury on the planet. This pool houses nearly twice as much mercury as soils outside of the northern permafrost region, the ocean and the atmosphere combined."

"...grave consequences for local ecosystems and indigenous communities in the northern hemisphere."

“24 percent of all the soil above the equator is permafrost, and it has this huge pool of locked-up mercury,” he said. “What happens if the permafrost thaws? How far will the mercury travel up the food chain? These are big-picture questions that we need to answer.”





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END OF COLD: Say Goodbye to Permafrost


Say Goodbye to Permafrost

Cold region 'tipping point' now inevitable,
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, September 11, 2017.

The Destruction of the Permafrost. Nothing will stop it. We are lobotomizing the complexity of the Web of Life. Rapidly.


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